MATCH CENTRE

WED 14 DECEMBER 2016, 19:30, MAKHULONG STADIUM

2
VS
1

Ajax’s winning run ends in Tembisa

by BackPageTXT

Wed December 14, 21:32

Ajax Cape Town’s winning run in the Absa Premiership was brought to a halt on Wednesday night when they were beaten 2-1 by Highlands Park in Tembisa.

The Urban Warriors had won their last three league matches in succession, but it was the Lions of the North who took home all three points from the Makhulong Stadium – ending their long wait for a second victory after winning their first PSL game back in September.

Highlands were the first to get away a shot in anger, with winger Lindokuhle Mbatha firing wide of Jody February’s goal posts as early as the fifth minute of the match.

In the 12th minute the hosts opened the scoring through the lively Mbatha, who turned home an assist from Edwin Sitayitayi to make it 1-0 to the Lions of the North.

Highlands created further half-chances in what remained of the first stanza, though the only notable effort came from veteran Surprise Moriri in the 41st minute and was comfortably dealt with by February.

Ajax made a tactical change at the start of the second half when they replaced Mark Mayambela with Grant Margeman, and it proved to be a masterstroke as the substitute scored an equaliser in the 53rd minute.

Margeman beat Highlands’ ‘keeper Tapuwa Kapini with a left-footed shot to make it 1-1 and put the Urban Warriors back in the hunt for three points.

However, just four minutes later, a freak goal from Kapini – who was clearing from his own half of the field and caught February out of position – put the hosts back in the lead at 2-1.

It proved to be the decisive moment of the match, with Highlands picking up a vital win in their fight against relegation to move level with Ajax on 12 points.

The teams will return to league action this weekend, facing Chippa United (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (away) respectively.

Highlands Park (1) 2 (Mbatha 12’, Kapini 57’)
Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Margeman 53’)

Highlands: Kapini, Isaacs, Koena, Sibande, Ngalo, Mbatha, Khuboni (Mathibe 50’), Mvala, Cale (Zwane 71’), Moriri, Sitayitayi (Mashumba 76’)

Ajax: February, Isaacs, Lartey, Coetzee, Lebusa, Ndabuka, Mosadi, Graham (Paulse 80’), Mayambela (Margeman 46’), Mzwakali (Morris 69’), Nxumalo

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MAKHULONG STADIUM
HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
43. Lindokuhle Mbatha (12') 13. Grant Margeman (53')
16. Tapuwa Kapini (57')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
57'
16
Goalkeeper
57'
30
22
Defender
26
Defender
33
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
3
Midfielder
71'
42
Midfielder
69'
11
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
12'
43
Midfielder
43'
46'
22
Midfielder
45 + 1'
14
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
50'
5
Midfielder
80'
6
Forward/Striker
64'
76'
25
Forward/Striker
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
Khethukuthula Zwane
Midfielder
71'
35
Grant Margeman
Midfielder
46'
13
Charlton Mashumba
Midfielder
76'
12
Tasriq Morris
Midfielder
69'
14
Nathan Paulse
Forward/Striker
80'
29
CARDS
Mothobi Mvala
Midfielder
45 + 1'
14
Mark Mayambela
Midfielder
43'
22
Edwin Sitayitayi
Forward/Striker
64'
25
Jody February
Goalkeeper
57'
30
Khethukuthula Zwane
Midfielder
90 + 2'
35
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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